Hosking wins opening stage of Women's Herald Sun Tour

Barbieri second, Lepisto third

Ale Cipollini's Chloe Hosking won the opening stage of the Women's Herald Sun Tour on Wednesday, winning a reduced-bunch sprint at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria, Australia, and relegating BePink's Rachele Barbieri to second place, with Lotta Lepistö (Trek-Segafredo) finishing third.

Lepistö's Trek-Segafredo teammate – British-born American rider, Ruth Winder – animated the stage, breaking away on lap six of the 22-lap, 97km first stage, on the same circuit and over the same distance as the opening stage of the men's race later in the afternoon.

She built up a maximum lead of 2:45, and Winder's day out at the head of affairs only came to an end with a lap-and-a-half to go, following pressure from first Mitchelton-Scott and later Tibco-SVB.

With the race back together, and Tibco continuing in control, it looked as though it would come down to a bunch sprint. But with Tibco joined at the front on the final lap by Ale Cipollini, Trek-Segafredo and again by Mitchelton-Scott, a small eight-rider group – also containing Mitchelton's Gracie Elvin, Amanda Spratt and Grace Brown, Tibco's Alison Jackson and the KordaMentha Australian national team's Emily Roper – managed to get a jump on the rest of the field, led home by Hosking coming with a seven-second advantage over the rest.

Hosking now leads Barbieri by five seconds overall thanks to her win bonus and a three-second bonus won earlier in the day at the first intermediate sprint. Race favourite Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) is 13 seconds off the pace in eighth place, with defending champion Brodie Chapman (Tibco-SVB) in ninth place overall, 20 seconds back.

"It was a really big team effort, so I get a lot of satisfaction out of seeing all the girls contribute to the win, and I think we can take a lot of confidence out of that going forward," said Hosking after her win.

She explained that her team left it to Mitchelton to chase Winder, as she's more of a GC rider, and therefore it wasn't Ale Cipollini's responsibility, as a team built around a sprinter, to chase.

"We just went for it with a kilometre to go, and the skill levels in the corners are varying: some girls can go super fast, and some can't, and that just splits the peloton," she said, explaining the small split that came at the end.

"I know there's still a lot of work to go, so it's a nice surprise to come away with a few wins this summer," Hosking said, having already taken wins at the Bay Crits and a stage of the Tour Down Under earlier in January.

As a sprinter, she played down her chances of being able to defend her leader's jersey on Thursday's second and final – and much hillier – stage on a circuit around Churchill in the Latrobe Valley, but didn't totally discount it.

"There's some gravel, which I love," she said of the top section of the Jeeralang climb, which comes 12km before the downhill finish, "and it isn't over until the fat lady sings."

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipolini2:30:22 
2Rachele Barbieri (Ita) BePink  
3Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo  
4Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
5Alison Jackson (NZl) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
6Emily Roper (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
7Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
8Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
9Brodie Chapman (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:00:07 
10Jaime Gunning (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
11Amanda Jamieson (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
12Georgie Whitehouse (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
13Jenna Merrick (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
14Anna Booth (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade  
15Matilda Raynolds (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
16Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
17Nicole Steigenga (Ned) BePink  
18Elizabeth Stannard (Aus) Gusto StepFWD  
19Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
20Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
21Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade  
22Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink  
23Deborah Paine (NZl) New Zealand  
24Taryn Heather (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
25Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
26Veronica Lebedev (Aus) Gusto StepFWD  
27Jessica Pratt (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
28Ella Bloor (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
29Kirsty Mccallum (NZl) New Zealand  
30Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale Cipolini  
31Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipolini  
32Lauren Stephens (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
33Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo0:00:11 
34Maria Apolonia Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Ale Cipolini  
35Nicola Macdonald (Aus) Gusto StepFWD0:00:14 
36Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale Cipolini  
37Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
38Holly Harris (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
39Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
40Tereza Medvedova (Svk) BePink0:00:18 
41Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:21 
42Annamarie Lipp (NZl) New Zealand0:00:23 
43Alice Cobb (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
44Abigail Morton (NZl) New Zealand  
45Sharlotte Lucas (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
46Gina Ricardo (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade0:00:26 
47Libby Arbuckle (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
48Jessica Raimondi (Ita) Ale Cipolini  
49Briony Mattocks (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
50Jemma Eastwood (Aus) Gusto StepFWD  
51Kirsty Deacon (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team  
52Annelise Jefferies (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team  
53Sarah Gigante (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
54Jessica Mundy (Aus) Gusto StepFWD  
55Amy Vesty (NZl) Sydney Uni-Staminade0:00:37 
56Shannon Malseed (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:00:40 
57Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink0:01:05 
58Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:01:09 
59Abigail Van Twisk (GBr) Trek-Segafredo0:01:15 
60Anya Louw (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:01:53 
61Elyse Fraser (NZl) New Zealand0:02:32 
62Katie Banerjee (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team0:02:39 
63Bridget Bremner (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team0:03:30 
64Jenny Pettenon (Aus) Gusto StepFWD0:06:45 
65Emma Coral-Roberts (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team  
66Jade Colligan (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade  
67Stella Nightingale (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
68Hannah Bartram (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women0:09:30 
69Ione Johnson (NZl) New Zealand0:10:50 
70Jennifer Darmody (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade0:12:00 
71Rebecca Stephens (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team0:13:30 
Sprint 1 - Lap 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipolini6 pts
2Rachele Barbieri (Ita) BePink4 
3Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott2 
Sprint 2 - Lap 15
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo6 pts
2Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott4 
3Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott2 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchelton-Scott7:31:06 
2KordaMentha Australian Team0:00:14 
3BePink  
4Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
5Ale Cipolini  
6Mike Greer Homes Women0:00:21 
7Specialized Women's Racing  
8Trek-Segafredo0:00:25 
9Gusto StepFWD0:00:28 
10New Zealand0:00:37 
11Sydney Uni-Staminade0:00:40 
12KOM Financial Advice Racing Team0:03:31 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipolini2:30:09 
2Rachele Barbieri (Ita) BePink0:00:05 
3Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo0:00:09 
4Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:10 
5Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:12 
6Alison Jackson (NZl) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:00:13 
7Emily Roper (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
8Amanda Spratt (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
9Brodie Chapman (Can) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:00:20 
10Jaime Gunning (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
11Amanda Jamieson (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
12Georgie Whitehouse (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
13Jenna Merrick (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
14Anna Booth (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade  
15Matilda Raynolds (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
16Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
17Nicole Steigenga (Ned) BePink  
18Elizabeth Stannard (Aus) Gusto StepFWD  
19Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
20Georgia Williams (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
21Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade  
22Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink  
23Deborah Paine (NZl) New Zealand  
24Taryn Heather (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
25Lucy Kennedy (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
26Veronica Lebedev (Aus) Gusto StepFWD  
27Jessica Pratt (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
28Ella Bloor (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
29Kirsty Mccallum (NZl) New Zealand  
30Eri Yonamine (Jpn) Ale Cipolini  
31Romy Kasper (Ger) Ale Cipolini  
32Lauren Stephens (GBr) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
33Lauretta Hanson (Aus) Trek-Segafredo0:00:24 
34Maria Apolonia Van 'T Geloof (Ned) Ale Cipolini  
35Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
36Nicola Macdonald (Aus) Gusto StepFWD0:00:27 
37Nadia Quagliotto (Ita) Ale Cipolini  
38Holly Harris (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
39Jessica Allen (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
40Tereza Medvedova (Svk) BePink0:00:31 
41Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:34 
42Annamarie Lipp (NZl) New Zealand0:00:36 
43Alice Cobb (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
44Abigail Morton (NZl) New Zealand  
45Sharlotte Lucas (Aus) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
46Gina Ricardo (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade0:00:39 
47Libby Arbuckle (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
48Jessica Raimondi (Ita) Ale Cipolini  
49Briony Mattocks (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing  
50Jemma Eastwood (Aus) Gusto StepFWD  
51Kirsty Deacon (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team  
52Annelise Jefferies (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team  
53Sarah Gigante (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
54Jessica Mundy (Aus) Gusto StepFWD  
55Amy Vesty (NZl) Sydney Uni-Staminade0:00:50 
56Shannon Malseed (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank0:00:53 
57Francesca Pattaro (Ita) BePink0:01:18 
58Tayler Wiles (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:01:22 
59Abigail Van Twisk (GBr) Trek-Segafredo0:01:28 
60Anya Louw (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team0:02:06 
61Elyse Fraser (NZl) New Zealand0:02:45 
62Katie Banerjee (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team0:02:52 
63Bridget Bremner (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team0:03:43 
64Jenny Pettenon (Aus) Gusto StepFWD0:06:58 
65Emma Coral-Roberts (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team  
66Jade Colligan (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade  
67Stella Nightingale (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
68Hannah Bartram (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women0:09:43 
69Ione Johnson (NZl) New Zealand0:11:03 
70Jennifer Darmody (Aus) Sydney Uni-Staminade0:12:13 
71Rebecca Stephens (Aus) KOM Financial Advice Racing Team0:13:43 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Hosking (Aus) Ale Cipolini16 pts
2Rachele Barbieri (Ita) BePink10 
3Gracie Elvin (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
4Lotta Pauliina Lepistö (Fin) Trek-Segafredo8 pts
5Ruth Winder (USA) Trek-Segafredo6 
6Grace Brown (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott2 
Best young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rachele Barbieri (Ita) BePink2:30:14 
2Jaime Gunning (Aus) Specialized Women's Racing0:00:15 
3Amanda Jamieson (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
4Jenna Merrick (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
5Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Aus) KordaMentha Australian Team  
6Nicole Steigenga (Ned) BePink  
7Elizabeth Stannard (Aus) Gusto StepFWD  
8Niamh Fisher-Black (NZl) Mike Greer Homes Women  
9Katia Ragusa (Ita) BePink  
10Deborah Paine (NZl) New Zealand  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchelton-Scott7:31:06 
2KordaMentha Australian Team0:00:14 
3BePink  
4Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank  
5Ale Cipolini  
6Mike Greer Homes Women0:00:21 
7Specialized Women's Racing  
8Trek-Segafredo0:00:25 
9Gusto StepFWD0:00:28 
10New Zealand0:00:37 
11Sydney Uni-Staminade0:00:40 
12KOM Financial Advice Racing Team0:03:31 

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